I received a comment recently from one of my posted photos asking me where to buy anahaw leaves. I suggested to my blog visitor to instead ask the jeepney drivers plying the mountain villages of Bulusan town. As far as I know, these anahaw leaves have no known dealers in our town. It is common practice in many Anahaw growing villages in Bulusan to just approach a farm patch with anahaw palms visibly growing on it and then simply order the stuff.
The leaves of these anahaw palms such as that in the above photos prolifically growing near the mountain road of San Jose are ideal roofing materials for a native themed cottage. The seeds are free I presume if in case you’re planning to have a marvelous anahaw grove in your own farm.
This spot is only about 30 minutes from the Poblacion where I live.
The leaves of Anahaw palms are used for thatching houses and for making fans and sadok (photo), a native all-weather hat in Bulusan. Fresh anahaw leaves are also utilized as food wrap.
Aside from jeepney drivers, the tricycle drivers plying these mountainside areas are also good informants on where to buy good quality anahaw leaves. The Kapitan (village chief) I am sure will be just as willing to recommend farmers with anahaw palms in his/her village.
An added zest to the trip to these villages is the refreshing green mountainscape. Bring a local guide though for this trip.
Note: The foliage of anahaw (Saribus rotundifolius) is the unofficial national leaf of the Philippines.
Photos by Alma P. Gamil